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Flower Exhibit Blooms at North Salem Library

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. — Richard Koser , whose new art exhibit at the Ruth Keeler Library drew nearly 50 people to its opening reception, is more than just a talented photographer. Koser is a familiar face around North Salem, having served as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society and the library.

Koser’s current exhibit focuses on a dozen different flowers. “There’s something about flowers,” he said. “It started three or four years ago when my wife asked me to capture some of her flower arrangements and blooms. I got sensitized to the subject.

“I became fascinated with the colors, the shapes and the forms. Flowers are very expressive. I love the symmetry, and the lighting takes care of itself.”

Koser, a resident of Croton Falls, says he has had many careers: photographer, support specialist, graphic artist and illustrator.

His college education started at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, where he studied biology. “I got into the darkroom because of one of my teachers there,” he said. “I owe a lot to RPI because that’s where I learned how to learn. And how to study.”

His fascination with photography started in high school with a 35mm camera, pilfered from his father. Now he shoots digital.

“Digital is a lot easier to start with, but it’s difficult to keep up with it.” He attends lectures and photography classes. “I’m always learning something but I never know where it’ll come from.”

One of Koser’s favorite photography subjects is his cats. “I live in a cat highway crossroads. There are a lot of cats coming through. I had two cameras that refused to focus on cat fur,” he said.

“I like shooting my cats, but they don’t like to pose.”

Richard Koser’s exhibit, Images of Flowers, will be on display at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library , 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, until the end of April.

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